It's nearly show time for Cleve, and this year show committee president Janet King is striving to make it a more affordable day out for the community.
“Parents are forever dipping their hands in their pockets, that’s why we’ve introduced a lot of free stuff for the kids this year,” Janet said.
“A lot of the shows I’ve been to have had rides for $10 each, they've had laser skirmish, that’s another $10 each, if you've got four kids there’s $100 already gone and then you’ve got showbags up to $10 each, that’s another $100 gone.”
“Nobody has that kind of money at the moment, that's why I’ve aimed not to be flogging them.”
“I had four kids so I know what it costs when you go to these sorts of functions.”
Entertainments for the kids at this year’s show will include Old Macdonalds Animal Farm, a treasure trail, a Disney-themed bouncy castle and zorb balls, with more happening throughout the day.
Mayor Bryan Trigg will be opening the show on Saturday at 12.30pm, there will be an auction in the Pioneer Hall at 11.45am to help pay for the animal farm and Cleve Area School student, Chloe Provis who has been named Young Rural Ambassador will also be in attendance at the show.
“We've got quite a few sites coming and the school will be supplying musical items down in the tent,” Janet said.
New to the show this year is a scarecrow competition where the winner will be crowned based on community votes. There will be a machinery display as well as a vintage car display including two old police cars.
“That will bring back quite a few memories to a lot of people,” Janet said.
There will also be a trading table where you can buy plants and baked goods from some friendly locals who are helping to cover some of the costs of the show.
But according to Janet, the main attraction of this year’s show has to be Turtle’s creation, Clyde the large metal horse.
“It’s absolutely magnificent made of all parts of old implements,” Janet said.\
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“If you looked at it from a distance you would think it was a real horse.”
The committee has introduced some new sections and brought back some old favourites this year, so whatever your passion is you should be able to find something to enter.
“We've started millinery which is a very popular thing now in country shows, and we've made the wool section quite a bit bigger,” Janet said.
There will be many prizes for first and second winners in most sections while others have sashes, such as wool.
“We've gotten rid of the money because I’ve found to ask people for money with the drought like it is was pretty bad manners,” Janet said.
“Money is tight right around Australia at the moment, so we went to prizes which are much easier to come by than asking people for cash they didn’t have.”
“One of the local Cleve ladies came in here the other day and said ‘what a good idea, this is what we used to do years ago, we never asked people for money, they didn’t have any,’ and she was so touched, she gave me some money to go and buy some things to fill any gaps.”
At about 3pm the committee will be presenting the prizes to the winners in an open presentation.
Janet said the show has been moved back to the spring this year based on community feedback and the opportunity to have more agriculture.
“In March, you are up against the end of summer sports and we want to get as many people through the gates as we can so we decided spring is the best time of year.”
“We decided to have it on the long weekend because we have a big shearing competition the same as Yallunda Flat,” Janet said.
“We thought if we had it on Saturday and they have it on Sunday the shearers can clean up at both.”
“With nice weather, we should have a pleasant day out.”
Parents are forever dipping their hands in their pockets, that’s why we’ve introduced a lot of free stuff for the kids this year.Show committee president, JANET KING